23 January 2006

Rainbows and Copenhagen

**This was written during what turned out to be a 10 hour layover/delay in Frankfurt.**

The update since the last update is that I am still sitting in the Frankfurt airport waiting on a flight to come in from Copenhagen, so that it might just turn right around and go back out—with me on it this time! Yes friends, that’s right, I’ve been stuck in this airport since 7 am local time. The time now? 4 pm. I won’t be leaving until 5, but at least I will be leaving!

I was sitting at gate B-7 (a change from the previous B-13) with a my new friends and DIS peer Andrea when we looked out the window across to another terminal, and lo and behold—there was a rainbow. A big one. Now, I’m not sure if any of you believe in Providence, or even coincidence, but, I took it as a sign.

A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to my friend David. When I told him that I would be living with a gay couple, he exclaimed (in instant messenger talk) “Jon! If that doesn’t mean God wants you to go, I don’t know what does!” –or something along those lines. Like I said, its been a few weeks.

In any case, I looked out the window this afternoon and saw the rainbow. For a quick Hebrew Bible lesson, the rainbow symbolizes God’s covenant with Noah that God would never again destroy his people in such a way. What’s great about this particular rainbow that graced my vision, was that it appeared as the airline announced that weather had finally cleared up over Copenhagen and that our flight had already departed for Frankfurt.

I was beginning to have my doubts. Or at least become irritated, tired, and just plain grouchy. But its when we feel ready to give up, that something reminds us to keep going—that we have something to look forward to.

The rainbow left for a while, but as I began to write this post…it came back.


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